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Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain / Snow Melt
State ARIZONA
County/Area GILA
WFO FGZ
Begin Date 01/21/2010 17:00:00 MST-7
Begin Range 2
Begin Azimuth ESE
Begin Location GISELA
Begin Lat/Lon 34.11/-111.24
End Date 01/22/2010 17:00:00 MST-7
End Range 5
End Azimuth SW
End Location PAYSON
End Lat/Lon 34.18/-111.38
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A very strong jet stream moving across the Pacific brought abundant moisture and significant precipitation to northern Arizona on January 21th. The snow level started out around 3400 feet with significant snow above 5000 feet. The jet stream buckled during the day on the 21st and brought much warmer air to the area. This raised the snow level to almost 8000 feet for several hours. A strong cold front then moved across the and brought the snow level crashing to near 4000 feet. The cold front also brought high winds to the area. This storm caused power outages, flooding, evacuations, mudslides, collapsed roofs, and wind damage.

The higher elevations received between 4 and 8 feet of snow from all three storms. Lower elevations along the south slopes of the Mogollon Rim and mountains of Gila and Yavapai County received up to 12 inches of rain from all three storms. Snowfall and rainfall records were shattered. The combination of heavy rain and melting snow caused flooding problems in the lower elevations. Deep snow and mud stranded many people and livestock across the Hopi and Navajo Nations.
Event Narrative Heavy rain and melting snow caused flooding along Tonto Creek in Gisela south to Tonto Basin. The heavy rain caused a mud slide that temporarily closed Highway 87.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 1.500M 0.00K
KAIBAB PLATEAU (ZONE) KAIBAB PLATEAU (ZONE) AZ 01/20/2010 21:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EASTERN MOGOLLON RIM (ZONE) EASTERN MOGOLLON RIM (ZONE) AZ 01/20/2010 22:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAND CANYON COUNTRY (ZONE) GRAND CANYON COUNTRY (ZONE) AZ 01/20/2010 22:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCONINO PLATEAU (ZONE) COCONINO PLATEAU (ZONE) AZ 01/20/2010 22:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WESTERN MOGOLLON RIM (ZONE) WESTERN MOGOLLON RIM (ZONE) AZ 01/20/2010 22:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
WHITE MOUNTAINS (ZONE) WHITE MOUNTAINS (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLACK MESA AREA (ZONE) BLACK MESA AREA (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORTHERN GILA COUNTY (ZONE) NORTHERN GILA COUNTY (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHUSKA MOUNTAINS AND DEFIANCE PLATEAU (ZONE) CHUSKA MOUNTAINS AND DEFIANCE PLATEAU (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OAK CREEK AND SYCAMORE CANYONS (ZONE) OAK CREEK AND SYCAMORE CANYONS (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARBLE CANYON AND GLEN CANYON (ZONE) MARBLE CANYON AND GLEN CANYON (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS (ZONE) YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YAVAPAI COUNTY VALLEYS AND BASINS (ZONE) YAVAPAI COUNTY VALLEYS AND BASINS (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORTHEAST PLATEAUS AND MESAS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 264 (ZONE) NORTHEAST PLATEAUS AND MESAS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 264 (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 00:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTLE HOT SPGS YAVAPAI CO. AZ 01/21/2010 17:00 MST-7 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GISELA GILA CO. AZ 01/21/2010 17:00 MST-7 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YAVAPAI COUNTY VALLEYS AND BASINS (ZONE) YAVAPAI COUNTY VALLEYS AND BASINS (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 18:00 MST-7 High Wind 69 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS (ZONE) YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 18:00 MST-7 High Wind 76 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUMBLE BEE YAVAPAI CO. AZ 01/21/2010 20:00 MST-7 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN NAVAJO COUNTY (ZONE) LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN NAVAJO COUNTY (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 20:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DATE YAVAPAI CO. AZ 01/21/2010 20:00 MST-7 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN COCONINO COUNTY (ZONE) LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN COCONINO COUNTY (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 20:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN APACHE COUNTY (ZONE) LITTLE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY IN APACHE COUNTY (ZONE) AZ 01/21/2010 20:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOUNG GILA CO. AZ 01/21/2010 20:20 MST-7 Heavy Rain 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CORDES YAVAPAI CO. AZ 01/21/2010 20:30 MST-7 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUMBLE BEE YAVAPAI CO. AZ 01/21/2010 21:30 MST-7 Flood 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 1.500M 0.00K